Spring semester is almost over! In fact, our Commencement Ceremony for the Graduating Class of 2014 will be held May 11th. If you would like to watch the live stream of the Willamette MBA Commencement Ceremony, join us at 8:55 a.m. PDT on May 11th.

We are excited about welcoming the new incoming class to the Willamette MBA in August! In the meantime, here is some news to keep you up to date!


PACE Teams Finish the Year Strong
The PACE experience is the hallmark of the first-year Willamette MBA experience. On April 11th and 18th, each of the twelve PACE teams formally presented the results of their team's client project and New Venture plan. Teams present to the Atkinson community and an external board of judges who determined the winners of the competitions.

PACE Client Project Competition: The winning client project team worked with Emerald People's Utilities District (a government organization), and provided best practices for vegetation management to alleviate the electrical outage impact and incorporate sustainable practices. The runner-up team partnered with Mercy Corps Northwest (a non-profit social entrepreneurship organization) to expand a rural program of entrepreneurial assistance and education.

PACE New Venture Competition: This year's twelve New Venture plans PACE teams presenting ranged from organic lotion ... to jewelry design ...to furniture made using recycled farm buildings. The winner of the New Venture competition was PACE team "Artemis Campus Jewelry" - a jewelry design company offering contemporary and alternative jewelry designs for college students. This venture was more than a plan ... In fact the team is already handling sales!

MBA Commencement Speaker is CEO of J. Paul Getty Trust
James Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, has been named the Willamette MBA 2014 Commencement Speaker and Beta Gamma Sigma Honoree. Cuno, a Willamette University alumnus and member of the Willamette University Board of Trustees, assumed the leadership role of the Los Angeles-based Getty Trust in August 2011. The J. Paul Getty Trust is an "international cultural and philanthropic institution that focuses on the visual arts in all of their dimensions," and is one the largest supporters of arts in the world. Learn more.

Meet the Dean - Online Chat
Saturday May 17th, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. PDT

Mark your calendars for a live online chat with Debra Ringold, Dean of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Debra will be online with us to answer your questions and help you learn more about the Willamette MBA. To log into the session, go to: http://wu.acrobat.com/mba_info. Click on "Enter as Guest" and enter your name as you would like it to appear in the session. We will send a reminder email during the week prior to each chat. The email will include a link and instructions for joining us online.

International Student Dinner - A Great Event!
The Annual International Dinner, sponsored by the Atkinson School's International Graduate Student Association (IGSA), was a reminder of the wonderful global community of the Willamette MBA. The dinner featured a large number of home cooked dishes from around the globe, special presentations, and musical and dance performances. Students proudly wore traditional dress.

Fall Semester Course Schedule for New Students
First-year students will automatically be preregistered for the fall semester core curriculum. We will contact students who have special registration options or needs based on their program format. Click here to see more information about the course schedule for fall semester 2014. Remember, Willamette MBA students will be involved in many professional meetings and sessions outside of class (experiential learning, client projects, career management services, professional organizations, etc.). We estimate students will be busy with the MBA program (classes, studying, meetings, professional events, social/fun activities, organizations, etc.) approximately 50 to 60 hours per week. It will be demanding and fun, but you would not want anything less!

Willamette MBA Again Among Oregon's "100 Best Green Organizations"
For the second time in three years the Willamette MBA program made Oregon Business Magazine's list of the state's "Top 100 Green Organizations." The ranking follows the School’s distinction as one of Oregon's "Top 100 Non-Profit" organizations, released last October. On the non-profit list, the Willamette MBA was among the top 5 organizations in the "medium" category and among the top 10 organizations overall.

Willamette MBA Network Helping Alum Succeed
While attending Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Jan Taborsky MBA '11 was able to create a network who would help launch and grow the Happy Campers Gluten Free Bakery. The business plan for the bakery was developed through an MBA class project and Jan and Lacy (business partner and wife) started baking bread in a borrowed Salem kitchen. After graduation, the bakery operation was moved to Portland and the company is thriving. Jan notes, "I created an invaluable professional and personal network during my MBA program. My Atkinson Graduate School connections have helped us weather the challenges of rapid business growth, while embracing opportunities."

MBA International Class Goes to China Over Spring Break Willamette MBA China TripA team of 14 students, led by Professor Gary Knight and Director of Career Management Beth Ursin ventured across the Pacific Ocean to visit Shanghai and Beijing in China. China, one of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) is focused on large-scale growth and has many ties to Northwest businesses. Our group visited 10 organizations including Yanjing Beer and Bao Steel (Chinese government owned), US Consulate Commercial Services Department (US government), FYSE and DKT International (Not-for-profits operating in China), Lenovo (Chinese company), and Amazon, Intel, Ashland Partners and Nike (which are all Northwest Companies), and a Chinese-run pharmaceutical factory owned by US-based BD Biosciences. Students learned about company strategies and global communications. They also visited the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, where locals asked to pose with them for photos. This one-week trip is part of a series of academic one-credit courses focused on International Business. Previous trips have been to Brazil and Chile. We are planning to India and Japan during the 2014-15 academic year.

Alum Founds Tech-Centric Non-Profit Organization to Close the Gender Gap in High Tech
Did you know that in the past 20 years, the number of women earning computer science degrees has declined by almost 42%? To help turn this trend around, Willamette MBA alum Janice Levenhagen founded the non-profit ChickTech. ChickTech facilitates hands-on technology centric events that build community, empower participants, and provide networking and mentoring opportunities. Read more.

Student Leaders Enjoy Dinner with the Dean
Willamette MBA Student Leaders Dinner 2014Leaders of the Atkinson Student Association (ASA) enjoyed a catered dinner at the home of Dean Debra Ringold on April 20th. Student leaders discussed plans for the 2014-15 academic year with the Dean and administrative staff, and all attendees celebrated their joint commitment to serving the needs of the Atkinson School community.

The Atkinson School Honor Code
The Atkinson School Honor code sustains a culture of honor and trust and enriches the Atkinson School experience for all members of the Atkinson community. The new honor code was formally implemented during the 2014-15 academic year and was personally and individually acknowledged by each of the 343 members of the 2014-15 Atkinson School community (students, faculty and staff). Read the Honor Code. During the summer, the incoming class of 2014 will be asked to acknowledge the Honor Code.

Contact Us With Your Information Needs
Be sure to let us know if you have questions! We are happy to help.

Judy O'Neill
Associate Dean and Director of Admission
Willamette University MBA


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